Stink Badgers

Stink Badgers

The only place in the world where skunks are found other than America is Indonesia and the Philippines, where they are called stink badgers.

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The Sunda stink badger is also called the Javan stink badger, teledu, Malay stink badger, Malay badger, and Indonesian stink badger. The Sunda skunk is a mammal native to Indonesia and Malaysia. Despite the common name, stink badgers are not closely related to actual badgers and are, instead, Old World relatives of the skunks.

Sunda stink badgers have a similar body shape to badgers but are significantly smaller, being 37 to 52 cm (15 to 20 in) in total length and weighing from 1.3 to 3.6 kg (2.9 to 7.9 lb). Their fur is coarse and black or dark brown over most of the body, with a white stripe running from the top of the head to the tail. The tail is short, measuring about 3.6 cm (1.4 in), and is covered in pure white fur.

The width of the stripe varies considerably between individuals but is usually narrow and may be discontinuous. As the name indicates, stink badgers have an anal scent gland that secretes a foul-smelling substance, which the animal can spray up to 15 cm (5.9 in). Females have six teats.